About Me / What’s Here

Welcome To The Norm’s Spot

The time has come,” The Norm has said, “to talk of many things… of social slips, of nutty acts, of sadness, joy and strings…

Musings, rambles, prosal thoughts… toy surprise inside…


I write a little, paint a little and am something of a musician…

When I play Dobro I favor Josh Graves in style and execution.

I play finger style guitar too, favoring Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.

I set up this site mainly to have a place for my writings and my music…

What’s In Here

The Home Page of my website contains my postings starting with my latest. Use the search field if you’re looking for one of my posts and know the title of it.
Selecting a Category which will list all the postings in that category.

If you copy/paste this line into your browser search field


It will take you to my YouTube musical offerings. I put them up around 2013 as a legacy and to share my musical efforts such as they are.

Reflections on the Garcia is a stand alone page as is The Write Down Book. Each of those has their own foreword and reason for being. Their links can be seen at the top of this site.

If you use RSS you can get my postings delivered to your favorite reader by subscribing to my RSS feed.

.. and if you like what you see, tell folks. This is meant to be shared…

Are you into Facebook? I’m findable as Norm Van but I’m slow friending people I don’t know. message me as well as doing the “add friend” thing

4 thoughts on “About Me / What’s Here”

  1. I just spent a couple of enjoyable hours reading your recollections/impressions of those times.I Really enjoyed your perspective in those heady times in RWC I know you responded when I posted of Ms. Vala & to read her name on your blog stirred up emotions about her that i thought I’d put to rest a long time ago. Slide Guitar Phenom Mr. Roy Rodgers choked up when I brought her name up as he worked with John Lee. Plan on reading your blog ,” front to back” ,,,

  2. Hi Norm,

    I grew up in RWC and use to spend my pennies at Gelb. I use to see you around town and at Gelb. Occasionally having lunch at Barney Steel’s as I recall. Ran into a gal up at the Pioneer and we waxed ol’ school RWC and she worked at Barney Steels. Somehow our conversation came around to that cool cat I use to see walking around town with the cool hat and feather. She told me about your website. So Howdy!

  3. Howdy Norman…. Via the Reso-Nation site, I managed to find that cool article you wrote on experiences with Josh ‘back when’. Brilliant stuff, man! Coming to Californee to visit Brother Bob at the end of the month… hope to see you at some point. /// Mike

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